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Simply as Home Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) managed to maintain the federal government open by following the Kevin McCarthy playbook, so too will the celebration’s proper flank not veer from its McCarthy-era (no, the opposite McCarthy period) retaliatory techniques.

After giving Johnson a corridor go for averting a shutdown with Democrats’ assist, Home Freedom Caucus members have spent the final 24 hours shouting insistently into the ears of reporters that the Johnson honeymoon is OVER, the grace interval is DONE and the no-more-mister-nice-guy time is UPON US. It’s all cowl for opting in opposition to booting Johnson from the speakership although he dedicated the identical grave sin that ended McCarthy’s time period. The prospect of recessing for the primary time in two-plus months probably had extra to do with it than something.

The Home despatched the clear CR over to the Senate, which is predicted to go the measure this night. It’ll then be despatched to President Biden’s desk and Congress can have averted a shutdown — by opening the door to repeated shutdown threats in coming months.

However in Home Republicans’ repeated attestations that subsequent time Johnson blocks their hijacking there might be blood, some themes emerge. Politico experiences that far-right members have a plan they’ll roll out as soon as everybody returns from Thanksgiving. It’s the identical plan they enacted when McCarthy put an finish to their debt ceiling hostage-taking and labored out a cope with the White Home: Merely grind legislating to a halt.

“There’s a sentiment that if we will’t combat something, then let’s simply maintain up every thing,” Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) instructed Politico.

One other Freedom Caucus member, Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) insisted that the best flank’s revolt will solely rear its head if Johnson doesn’t change his governing technique.

“He’s acquired to search out a chance to alter the dynamics,” Bishop instructed Politico. “If he can’t, he’s going to comply with the identical path of not simply the instantly earlier speaker however a collection of them who’ve probably not proved profitable.”

Bishop is maybe unintentionally referencing a dynamic that my colleague Josh Marshall identified again in mid-October for instance of the repercussions of a Republican Celebration rising increasingly more excessive:

The congressional celebration is managed and run by the exhausting proper minority variously referred to as the Tea Celebration or Freedom Caucus. However they’re a bit too scorching for nationwide public consumption. Additionally they depend on the concept their far proper coverage agenda has broad public assist however is held again by a corrupt/bureaucratic institution. For each of those causes a system was developed through which this far proper group runs the caucus, however from the background, whereas it’s nominally run by a mainstreamish Republican chief. Underneath John Boehner, Paul Ryan or Kevin McCarthy this primary dynamic remained kind of the identical. It really works for everyone as a result of the Freedom Celebration calls the photographs whereas the celebration maintains broad electoral viability through figureheadish management.

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